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Our accelerated BSN program is available to students holding bachelor's degrees from regionally accredited schools in fields other than nursing. Applicants are accepted in summer and fall. The curriculum consists of five semesters of major courses in accelerated format. (Students admitted in summer enroll in nursing courses summer, fall, spring, summer, and fall. Students admitted in fall enroll in nursing courses fall, spring, summer, fall, and spring.) Certain prerequisite courses apply prior to starting the nursing courses. The BSN degree is awarded after successful completion of all nursing course work qualifying you to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Students holding bachelor's degrees are also eligible for the traditional program.
Students are admitted to a specific program location and may not switch or mix locations without special permission.
All other main campus BSN student registration issues should be referred to Maria Grindstaff (firstname.lastname@example.org).
|Course Name/Number||Course Hours|
|NRSE 2016 Pathophysiology for Nursing||4|
|NRSE 2350 Patient Centered Care 1||3|
|NRSE 2351 Patient Centered Care 1 Practicum||4|
|NRSE 3400 Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice||2|
|NRSE 3010 Pharmacology for Nursing||3|
|NRSE 3350 Nursing Informatics and Healthcare Systems||2|
|NRSE 3500 Patient Centered Care 2||3|
|NRSE 3501 Patient Centered Care 2 Practicum||3|
|NRSE 3525 Health Promotion and Research||3|
|NRSE 3090 Care of Persons with Mental Illness||3|
|NRSE 3091 Care of Persons with Mental Illness Practicum||2|
|NRSE 3510 Population, Community, and Public Health Nursing||3|
|NRSE 3540 Adult Care 1||3|
|NRSE 3541 Adult Care 1 Practicum||4|
|NRSE 4550 Adult Care 2||3|
|NRSE 4551 Adult Care 2 Practicum||3|
|NRSE 4561 Clinical Care for Women, Childbearing Families, and Children||4|
|NRSE 4570 Childbearing Families and Reproductive Health||3|
|NRSE 4580 Child Health Nursing||3|
|NRSE 4610 Adult Care 3||3|
|NRSE 4611Adult Care 3 Practicum||4|
|NRSE 4620 Leadership and Professional Practice||3|
|NRSE 4621 Professional Practice Practicum||4|
|Total BSN Hours||72|
Admission - Admission to the university as a pre-nursing major does not assure admission to the major.
- Applicants must be in progress or have completed all ETSU General Education courses* (or equivalent from a Transfer Institution) including the four (4) Nursing Pre-requisite classes: Anatomy and Physiology I and II (with labs), Intro to Microbiology (with lab), and Probability and Statistics. At least three (3) of the four (4) pre-requisite math/science classes must be completed prior to the application deadline.
* Applicants with greater than two (2) unsuccessful attempts to complete all required pre-requisite math/science courses will be ineligible for admission to the College of Nursing. Grades below a “C” (C-, D+, D, and F) are considered unsuccessful attempts.
* Applicants with completed Bachelor’s degrees are exempt from taking General Education Requirements (by virtue of the completed degree) but must complete the four pre-requisite math/science courses or equivalents with at least three (3) of the four (4) completed prior to the application deadline.
*Transfer students are responsible for making sure courses taken at other institutions are equivalent to ETSU General Education courses. For further information about transfer equivalency, go to: https://www.etsu.edu/articulation/equivalencies.php . For a list of ETSU General Education requirements, go to: https://www.etsu.edu/uged/gened.php .
- A minimum cumulative College Level Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.6 as computed
by East Tennessee State University (excluding developmental coursework) is required.
- Applicants, with the exception of LPN to BSN and RN to BSN, must apply to the College
of Nursing using the Centralized Application System (Nursing CAS). LPN to BSN and
RN to BSN applicants must apply to the College of Nursing using electronic or paper
application found on the College of Nursing website.
- Official Transcripts from all higher education institutions must be sent to CAS with
the exception of LPN to BSN and RN to BSN. LPN to BSN and RN to BSN applicants must
submit official transcripts with the electronic or paper application. Students must
also apply for General Admission to ETSU. This should be done well in advance of
the application deadline. Detailed instructions and information are available at: https://www.etsu.edu/nursing/default.php
- Applicants, with the exception of LPN to BSN and RN to BSN, must submit (electronically) all scores
from the standardized entrance exam. The standardized entrance exam may be taken twice
within a two year period, but not twice in the same semester. Scores are valid for
two (2) years. Information about scheduling and preparing for the standardized entrance
exam can be obtained by contacting the College of Nursing Office of Student Services.
- ETSU College of Nursing does NOT require references, a personal statement or professional
experience for admission.
- Applicants, with the exception of LPN to BSN and RN to BSN, are ranked by a point
system which includes 100 possible points in four (4) areas: Overall GPA, Math/Science
Nursing Pre-requisite GPA, Adjusted Individual Total Score, and Adjusted Individual
Reading section score of the standard entrance exam for a total of 400 possible points.
Applicants are admitted in point order. LPN to BSN and RN to BSN applicants are ranked
by overall Grade Point Average (GPA) and admitted in ascending order.
- Applicants who are admitted to ETSU as freshman with a high school GPA of 3.5 or above, ACT cumulative score of 29 or above, and maintain an ETSU overall GPA of 3.2 or higher, will be guaranteed admission to the nursing major. Students must complete the College of Nursing application process and meet all other established admissions criteria.
Out of State Applications
Course and program availability varies by state and is established by each individual State Board of Nursing.
Students who reside outside of the state of Tennessee are responsible to contact their State Board of Nursing to confirm whether the course or program meets online degree program requirements in their state of residence prior to application.
Application Process & Selection
Please note that the method for receiving applications to Accelerated programs has changed. We have moved to a Centralized Application Service that is available nationally to nursing programs and which is sponsored by our accrediting agency. Please read the Nursing CAS Application Instructions very carefully BEFORE you click the link to apply to our program.
Students with questions about the admissions or selection processes are encouraged to schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Office of Student Services.
Questions? Email an Advisor.
February 1 for Summer
June 1 for Fall
To receive full consideration, students must be admitted to East Tennessee State University by the nursing application deadline dates. Since admission to the university can take several weeks, students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the nursing deadlines. Consideration for the nursing major cannot be guaranteed if full admission to the university has not been obtained.
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How long does the program take to complete?
18 months, including summer semester/s.
When is the application deadline?
February 1 for Summer
June 1 for Fall
The College of Nursing application will be available 90 days prior to the deadline. Two applications are involved—one through Nursing CAS, which is for the College of Nursing program, and the other is the ETSU application. You only need to send transcripts to Nursing CAS. We suggest completing the application as soon as possible. You do not have to wait until you have taken the standardized entrance exam entrance test or until you are accepted to ETSU to begin your Nursing CAS application. Both applications can be done in the same time frame.
When does the program begin?
May, for applicants accepted for summer, and August for applicants accepted for fall.
How many students do you accept?
30 students out of approximately 150-200 applicants
Can I apply to this program with a completed Associate Degree in any field?
No. Applicants need to have a completed Bachelor’s Degree in any field. Students who have completed Master’s degrees and beyond are also eligible to apply.
Do I get extra points for a degree in a related field such as Public Health or Microbiology?
No. The program is open to students who hold a Bachelor’s Degree in ANY field.
What are the four Pre-requisite classes that need to be completed?
Two Anatomy and Physiology classes with labs. These can either be Anatomy and Physiology I and II OR a course in Human Anatomy and a course in Human Physiology. One Microbiology with lab: Introduction to Microbiology or General Microbiology course and one Statistics class. Many students take Probability and Statistics or Introduction to Statistics, but we also accept Statistics for any of the Social Sciences, Biostatistics, or any class that includes a large statistical emphasis. Also courses in Virology or Bacteriology can substitute for Microbiology. Providing a catalog course description is helpful for determining whether classes fulfill the requirement.
Can I take the pre-requisite classes online or at a community college?
Yes, they can be taken at any accredited college or university, including accredited online programs.
My pre-requisites are older than five years, or ten years. Do I need to re-take them?
No. Pre-requisite classes do not “expire” although we recommend that the student has competent recall of the material, and suggest re-taking them if you do not feel confident about your grasp of the material.
Do all four of the pre-requisites need to be completed when I apply?
At least THREE out of the 4 classes need to be completed. You can have one pre-requisite course in progress when you apply. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
Do I still need to take the standardized entrance exam even though I already have a Bachelor’s Degree?
Yes. No one is exempt from the standardized entrance exam admission requirement. It is part of the admission score. The GRE is not accepted as an alternate test. For more information contact the Office of Student Services.
Is the program offered online, part time or nights/weekends?
No. The Accelerated 2nd Degree program is on ground full time only.
Does full time mean I will be in class or clinicals five days a week from 8 to 5?
No. Academic and clinical hours will vary each semester, but your schedule will never be all day every day. Lecture classes are usually on a Tuesday/Thursday or Monday/Wed./Friday schedule, and clinicals are generally 2 days a week. You may have a Saturday clinical, but there are no late night hours.
Can I work and be successful in the program?
We strongly discourage working and enrolling in the Accelerated 2nd degree BSN program. Some students work part time in a health care related field, and are successful, but ideally, you should plan to be work free for the 18 months of the program.
Do I need to have shadowing experience to be eligible to apply?
No. However, we do encourage students to be sure that they understand what is involved in a nursing career before investing time and money into pre-requisite classes.
Do I need to provide letters of recommendation for the application process?
Do you conduct interviews as part of the application process?
What is the difference between the traditional program and the accelerated program?
Basically, the summer semesters are the difference. Both programs are five (5) semesters, but the accelerated program has nursing courses during summer semesters, so it is completed in a year and half. The traditional program also is five (5) semesters, but only fall and spring—so that same five (5) semesters takes two and half years to complete. Accelerated students are welcome to apply to the Traditional Program.
When will I be notified about acceptance to the program?
We evaluate all applications after the application deadline, and letters concerning the admission decision are usually sent within six (6) weeks of application deadline. We do not have a waiting list designation; however, if accepted students decline their spaces, we will admit additional students in point order.
What is the cost of the program?
ETSU charges per credit hour, so each semester will cost a different amount. There are also course fees, books and supplies that add to the cost. To calculate the approximate tuition (either in state or out of state) go to: https://www.etsu.edu/finaid/cost/costcalc.php#tab-4-2 to see the cost per credit hour.
Is financial aid or scholarship money available for 2nd degree students?
We suggest that you talk with a financial aid counselor about your individual qualifications for federal student aid. 2nd degree students may qualify for loan money, but are not eligible for grant money. There are scholarships offered through the College of Nursing, but not specifically for 2nd degree students. There are no “full ride” scholarships available to any student through the College of Nursing.
Accreditation and Approval
The Baccalaureate degree in nursing program, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at East Tennessee State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
The ETSU College of Nursing BSN program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.
Tennessee Board of Nursing
665 Mainstream Drive
Nashville, TN 37243
The ETSU College of Nursing BSN program offers eligible candidates membership in the Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Nursing Honor Society.
Please note that the method for receiving applications to Traditional programs has
changed. We have moved to a Centralized Application Service that is available nationally to nursing programs and which is sponsored by our accrediting
agency. Please read the Nursing CAS Application Instructions very carefully BEFORE
you click the link to apply to our program.
Regulatory requirements governing student clinical vary by state and are subject to change. Clinical placement outside of Tennessee is contingent upon approval by the appropriate regulatory bodies and will be evaluated on an individual basis upon admission to the program. Currently, placement in North Carolina and Virginia is allowed.
Acceptance to East Tennessee State University College of Nursing is on a competitive basis. Applicants are encouraged to determine the eligibility requirements for any state in which they will seek licensure post-graduation. East Tennessee State University College of Nursing cannot guarantee licensure eligibility outside the state of Tennessee.